16 June 2010

All sarod, an instrument for which there's no Western equivalent. I like to think of it as a high-class banjo.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. (But first...)
Ragamalika (Medley of Ragas)
Ananda - voice, Jana Starling - clarinet, K. S. Mani - violin, Anand Bala - mrdangam [double-sided drum]
Ananda: Treasures
Tantra, TSMV9701
(...our raga guide, beginning with South Indian Shankarabharanam, which happens to share its interval structure with the Western major scale.)

2. Raga Sindhu Bhairavi (rec. 1955)
Ali Akbar Khan - sarod, Chatur Lal - tabla, Mr. Gore - tanpura
(Late morning raga. "Moods... are pathos and joy".)

3. Raga Hemant (rec. 1994)
Ali Akbar Khan - sarod, Zakir Hussain - tabla
(Springtime? or autumnal? raga expressing "peace, joy and hope". Hemant means "winter" in Sanskrit. Riddle me this: How is spring like fall?)

4. Raga Hindol-Hem (rec. 1994)
Ali Akbar Khan - sarod, Zakir Hussain - tabla
(Evening springtime raga. "Peace, pathos, joy and heroism". Pathos, as in appealing to the emotions, not the negative connotations that this word carries in English.)

Tracks 2-4
Ali Akbar Khan: Then & Now
Alam Madna Music Productions, CD-A 04201A/B
(The late Ustad Ali Akhbar Khan, sarod master and popularizer of Hindustani music in the West.)

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

5. Raga Malkauns (rec. 2001)
Devjyoti Bose - sarod, Sandeep Das - tabla
Devjyoti Bose: Devotion
Sense World Music, 003
(Late night raga "...just five notes: deep, peaceful and sublime..." Read more about this transformational raga in the show notes from January 27th. Malkauns is kinda spooky. The Raga Guide says "superstitious musicians describe it as a raga with supernatural powers, and some believe that it can attract evil spirits". But who said that personal growth was a walk in the park? Well, sometimes a walk in the park with the windchill at -40 will do you good.)

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